Appearance: Upright shrub or small tree, up to 18' high. Narrow branching, gray bark and branches; young twigs, yellowish-green.
Leaves: Alternate, compound, 2- 4" long consisting of 8 -12 pairs of leaflets; leaflets elliptic.
Flowers: Yellow, single, tubular, at the end of a stalk that grows from the leaf axil; blooms in May - June.
Fruit: Pods 1- 2" long, sharply pointed, brown and smooth.